Bret Schwalb is an author, speaker, senior UX designer, artist, podcaster, and host of Play to Innovate Podcast.
A friend of mine asked if the books I've read or am interested in have influenced my creativity. The conclusion I come to may surprise you. You may even disagree with me. But, I there are a few books and authors who have influenced me over the years. Here are a few of them: The Phantom Tollbooth Any book by Robert Heinlein Finding Joy by Dannel I Schwartz Every book by John Maxwell Have books influenced your creativity? If so, leave a comment with your favorites. If not, what has influenced your creativity?
There is a time and place to not innovate. In this episode I explore the lessons I've learned about when it's best to not innovate. Through examples, we'll explore what may be the better option and what a holistic approach to design will buy you.
If the last thing you did still feels big to you, you haven't grown. I've heard that from mentors, speakers and authors. The reality is, we all have that thing (or two) that still feels big. But, moving to a growth mindset can boost your creativity and innovative mind. In the episode I explore two companies that grew and the lessons you can learn from them. I'll also share the lessons helped me move from a fixed mindset to a goal mindset, and eventually a growth mindset.
When it comes to innovation, mistakes are not just inevitable, they're a must. But they also don't have to be public embarrassments. In fact, the more mistakes you can make, sooner in the project, the better you can innovate. In this episode I'll talk about the 3 options you have when making a mistake and how you can use mistakes to boost your innovation and creativity.
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Chicago, Illinois, USA
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7 hours, 15 minutes